Crushed

ISBN
9780571336654
Published
02/05/2019
9780571336654
Format
Hardback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
416

About the Book

'Mesmerising, compulsive, deliciously dark — and so good on the complex and thorny bond between friends. Kate Hamer’s writing is incandescent.' Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party


Phoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh. The shock of mangled metal and blood-stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she won’t be recognised. It wouldn’t do to be spotted looking like this. She’s missing a shoe. She feels sick.

Phoebe thought murder and murder happened. Thoughts are just thoughts, they said. Now she knows they were wrong.

At home, Phoebe arranges the scissors and knives so they point toward her mother’s room. She is exhausted, making sure there’s no trace of herself – not a single hair, not even her scent – left anywhere in the house. She must not let her thoughts unravel, because if they do, there’s no telling who might be caught in the crossfire, and Phoebe will have to live with the consequences…

'Mesmerising, compulsive, deliciously dark — and so good on the complex and thorny bond between friends. Kate Hamer’s writing is incandescent.' Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting PartyPhoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh. The shock of mangled metal and blood-stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she won’t be recognised. It wouldn’t do to be spotted looking like this. She’s missing a shoe. She feels sick.Phoebe thought murder and murder happened. Thoughts are just thoughts, they said. Now she knows they were wrong.At home, Phoebe arranges the scissors and knives so they point toward her mother’s room. She is exhausted, making sure there’s no trace of herself – not a single hair, not even her scent – left anywhere in the house. She must not let her thoughts unravel, because if they do, there’s no telling who might be caught in the crossfire, and Phoebe will have to live with the consequences…
  • Kate Hamer

    Kate Hamer grew up in the West Country and Wales. She studied art and worked for a number of years in television. In 2011 she won the Rhys Davies short-story prize and her short stories have appeared in various collections. Her debut novel The Girl in the Red Coat was published in 2015. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and the Wales Book of the Year. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into sixteen different languages. Kate now lives with her husband in Cardiff.

“Deliciously dark... The perfect crossover between literary fiction and crime. Thoughtful and nuanced, it explores the dark shadows of adolescence, and the everlasting pull of female friendship.”
- Clare Mackintosh, author of I SEE YOU and LET ME LIE
“Mesmerising, compulsive, deliciously dark — and so good on the complex and thorny bond between friends. Kate Hamer’s writing is incandescent.”
- Lucy Foley

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